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Dec. 9–Dec. 10, 2019
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Bringing education, industry experts and networking to you.

Get the critical updates, new guidelines, and regulatory information you have come to expect in a brand new format. Specially designed in a 2 half-day format, it is now easier to fit in your busy schedule.

The AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Accounting, Auditing, and Regulatory Update (AARU) Online Conference is a live virtual event that addresses critical auditing issues with sessions given by regulators, administrators and industry experts as well as panel discussions, interactive learning activities, and Q&A opportunities. This virtual learning experience also offers the ability to interact and chat live during sessions with the speakers and fellow virtual attendees.

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Interaction with the presenters

  • Submit your questions live to on-site presenters and panels
  • Participate in real-time session polling

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  • Chat in an open forum with other online attendees
  • Send private messages within the interface to build your network

Twitter feed

  • Read live tweets from hashtag #AICPAemp
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  • Session Details – Review session description and speaker biographies
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  • Resources – Download presentation materials
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AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Accounting, Auditing and Regulatory Update Online Conference
Dec 09-Dec 10, 2019

Online: When travel isnít your preference
Sessions will be streamed live, in real time, direct to your computer or mobile device. Youíll have access to audio and video sessions, remote networking through polls and chat rooms, and handouts and slides, just as if you were there on-site. (TBD CPE credits).

Pricing:
Full Registration Rate
AICPA member: $595.00
Nonmember: $745.00
Agenda

MONDAY, December 9
12:30 - 12:40 PM ET

Welcome and Introduction

12:40 - 1:30 PM ET

General Session

AAR1901. A Vision and Perspective from the AICPA Chief Auditor
Field(s) of Study: Auditing
Knowledge Level: Update | CPE: 1

Speaker: Bob Dohrer, CPA, CGMA, Chief Auditor, AICPA


The audit and attestation standards are evolving…What you need to know for your EBP audit practice:

  • The current business environment impact on the AICPA's audit and attest standards development strategy
  • Management assertions- an effective starting point?
  • Meeting the challenges of obtaining reliable audit evidence
  • Data analytics- Are we there yet?
  • Creative and effective auditing approaches/virtual auditing
  • Cybersecurity and the financial statement audit

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how the current business environment impacts the AICPA’s audit and attest standards development strategy
  • Understand how the challenges of today’s technology environment influences the auditor in performing quality EBP audits.

Prerequisite: None

Advanced prep: None

1:30 - 2:25 PM ET

General Session

AAR1902. A&A & Tax Update
Field(s) of Study: Auditing, Tax
Knowledge Level: Update | CPE: 1

Speakers: Josie Hammond, CPA, National Director of Employee Benefit Plan Services, RSM US LLP;
Anne Bushman, CPA, Tax Senior Manager, RSM US LLP


This session will provide an update of various accounting, auditing, and reporting matters affecting employee benefit plans. Our speakers will share their perspectives and experiences.

Learning objectives:

  • Recall accounting and auditing issues that affected this year's audits of employee benefit plans
  • Recognize accounting and auditing considerations for upcoming audit season
  • Identify changes in tax regulations that affect EBPs now, and going forward

Prerequisite: None

Advanced prep: None

2:25 - 2:55 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2:55 - 3:45 PM ET

General Session

AAR1903. New Auditing Standard Update
Field(s) of Study: Auditing
Knowledge Level: Update | CPE: 1

Speakers: Josie Hammond, CPA, National Director of Employee Benefit Plan Services, RSM US LLP;
Chip Harris, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Rubin Brown LLP


Learn about the new EBP reporting framework which addresses the auditor's responsibilities for forming an opinion and reporting on ERISA plan financial statements.

Learning objectives:

  • Analyze the requirements of the new EBP reporting framework
  • Differentiate the new form and content of the EBP reports
  • Determine when it's appropriate to use the ERISA section 103(a)(3)(C) report
  • Determine next steps to implementation

Prerequisite: None

Advanced prep: None

3:50 - 4:40 PM ET

General Session

AAR1904. Regulatory Update
Field(s) of Study: Auditing, Tax
Knowledge Level: Update | CPE: 1

Speaker: Patrick Blanchard, JD, LL.M. (Taxation), Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal


What are the hot topics and major developments in employee benefits law – and how do they impact our clients?

This session will provide an overview of the significant regulatory developments and changes in 2019 affecting employee benefit plans, including, among others:

  • The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act;
  • Updated procedures from the IRS regarding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”); and
  • Other guidance issued by either the DOL or IRS.

We will provide an update on the major laws and regulatory guidance that were issued or became effective in 2019, or that are set to take effect in 2020. We will explore the implications that these legal and regulatory changes have on our clients, including key dates and action items. We will also discuss best practices and planning opportunities for clients to ensure compliance in this ever-changing legal landscape and discuss practical solutions to common non-compliance issues.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the major 2019 and upcoming changes to the rules governing employee benefit plans
  • Determine what steps must be taken by clients to comply with these laws
  • Determine best practices, planning opportunities, and practical considerations for addressing both current and future expected regulatory changes

Prerequisite: None

Advanced prep: None

4:40 PM ET

Daily Wrap-Up

TUESDAY, December 10
12:30 - 12:40 PM ET

Opening Remarks

12:40 - 1:30 PM ET

General Session

AAR1905. Department of Labor Update
Field(s) of Study: Auditing
Knowledge Level: Update | CPE: 1

Speaker: TBA


Session description to come.

Prerequisite: None

Advanced prep: None

1:35 - 2:25 PM ET

General Session

AAR1906. Work the Core: Don't Fail in Assessing Risk
Field(s) of Study: Auditing
Knowledge Level: Advanced | CPE: 1

Speaker: Carl Mayes, CPA, Associate Director - CPA Quality & Evolution, AICPA


Partners, are you starting your audit off properly? Most practitioners answer, "yes." However, more than a decade after the risk assessment standards were issued, the AICPA Peer Review team found that more than half of all firms fail to comply with AU-C Section 315 or 330. At the core of every audit are the goals of identifying, assessing, and responding to risks of material misstatement. Ensure your EBP audits comply with risk assessment standards. The discussion will include misconceptions commonly held by senior-level practitioners and how to avoid common missteps.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify common areas of non-compliance found by AICPA Peer Review team
  • Interpret requirements of AU-C Sections 315 and 330 that are being misapplied
  • Assess practical application of the standards in EBP audits

Prerequisite: Extensive qualified retirement/ERISA plans/employee benefit plan knowledge or experience.

Advanced prep: None

2:25 - 2:55 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2:55 - 3:45 PM ET

General Session

AAR1907. Fraud Stories
Field(s) of Study: Auditing
Knowledge Level: Intermediate | CPE: 1

Speaker: Jodi Green, JD, Partner, Tatum Hillman & Powell LLP


Starting with opening a case to preparing for trial, you will learn how employee benefit fraud cases are investigated by a government agency. The course is taught by an attorney and a former senior investigator from the U.S. Department of Labor - Employee Benefits Security Administration. The presentation includes actual cases and techniques in the investigative process.

Learning objectives:

  • Learning about real-life fraud schemes involving employee benefit plans
  • Understanding the DOL's investigative process, as told by a former DOL investigator
  • Techniques to detect fraud in common ERISA plan documents

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of qualified retirement/ERISA plans. General employee benefit plan experience.

Advanced prep: None

3:50 - 4:40 PM ET

General Session

AAR1908. Ask the Experts
Field(s) of Study: Auditing, Accounting
Knowledge Level: Update | CPE: 1

Speakers: Bob Dohrer, CPA, CGMA, Chief Auditor, AICPA;
Patrick Blanchard, JD, LL.M. (Taxation), Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal;
Anne Bushman, CPA, Tax Senior Manager, RSM US LLP;
Josie Hammond, CPA, National Director of Employee Benefit Plan Services, RSM US LLP;
Carl Mayes, CPA, Associate Director - CPA Quality & Evolution, AICPA;
Chip Harris, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Rubin Brown LLP


Bring your specific questions for our panel of speakers as they strive to deal with emerging issues and current service opportunities in terms that are practical and helpful.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify emerging issues in EBPs.
  • Indicate which emerging issues affect your clients and how you can best serve them as their EBP practitioner.

Prerequisite: None

Advanced prep: None

4:40 PM ET

Daily Wrap-Up

More details

Employee Benefit Plans Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC) Members Save an Additional $50

If you are an EBPAQC member, you can take $50.00 off the registration price.

Find out more information and to obtain the coupon code log onto the EBPAQC Website.

Create learning retreats for your team!

Groups 2-9 can receive significant saving when registering one conference. Please contact conference group sales at: groupconference@aicpa-cima.com or call 800.634.6780, Option 2.

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NOTE: For sessions that are audio-only, you use the same player and have the experience as the above demo page, but there will be a static image in place of the video stream.

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  • Computer with Speakers / Headset
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On-Site/Flex Pass Conference: You may cancel without penalty if cancellation request is received up to and including 45 days prior to the start of the conference. Due to financial obligations incurred by the AICPA, a credit less 50% of the registration fee will be issued for requests received up to and including 21 days prior to the start of the conference. No refunds or credits will be issued on cancellation requests received less than 21 days prior to the start of the event.

Online Conference: You may cancel and receive a refund if cancellation request is received up to and including 15 days prior to the start of the conference. You can cancel and receive a 100% credit if your registration is canceled within 7 days of the start of the conference. Due to financial obligations incurred by the AICPA, a 60% credit will be issued for requests received up to the day prior to the start of the conference. No refunds or credits will be issued on cancellation requests received once the online conference begins.

For more information about AICPA's conference cancellation policy, contact the AICPA Service Center at 1-888-777-7077 or service@aicpa.org.

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PRICING SUMMARY
AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Accounting, Auditing and Regulatory Update Online Conference (Online Conference)
$595.00–$745.00
$745.00
CREDIT INFO
NASBA Field of Study
NONE
Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
None
ADVANCE PREPARATION
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